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JAPANESE

Why study Japanese?

Refer to Language information on Page 14.

What is studied in Japanese?

An awareness of the culture and the society of Japan will go hand in hand with language learning as students

cover various topics: eating and drinking, daily routine and entertainment, personal identification and

relationships with other people, celebrations, weather and seasons, shopping and home life, health and

welfare.

Students will be given the opportunity to partake in additional activities such as visits to Japanese restaurants,

demonstrations and watching Japanese DVDs. Students will also be encouraged to write to Japanese students

in Japan and may also be involved in Japanese language competitions. Successful completion of Year 9 and 10

Japanese is a pre-requisite for an optional St Rita’s tour to Japan at the end of Year 10 or Year 11.

Units are topic based and language and cultural components relevant to each topic are studied.

Senior Study

The study of Japanese provides a basis for further work in the language

which may lead to vocational opportunities. Employment prospects for

students fluent in Japanese are very good with job opportunities as

interpreters, teachers, advisers to commercial firms and government

departments. As the course strives to develop an appreciation of the

Japanese culture, this subject also serves to broaden the horizons of

participating students. The study of a foreign language also helps

student’s better grasp the structure and beauty of their own language.

Foreign languages traditionally lead to careers in diplomacy,

interpreting, tourism, journalism and teaching.